10 Best Thriller Movies

Wednesday, January 19 by Bo Vandy

The 10 best thriller movies ever made may surprise some people. When the "thriller" genre is usually talked about it is horror movies that most come to mind, but that is not always the case.  A good thriller simply needs to leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next even to unfold in a dramatic way. That is why these make the list.

  1. "Shawshank Redemption" – Like we said, this is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You sit there wondering if the man who is so innocent is really going to be able to escape the terrible prison he finds himself in.
  2. "Rear Window" – There have been several takeoffs from this plot but the original takes the cake. A wheelchair bound man takes to voyeurism and inexplicably thinks he witnesses a crime. Did he? What happens next? You spend the rest of the movie finding out.
  3. "Pyscho" – There is a reason Alfred Hitchcock makes this list so many times. The man was the master of putting together a great thriller.
  4. "Se7en" – This movie could have been a Hitchcock movie had it had a little less gore. Fantastic performances put in by the entire cast, but Kevin Spacey takes the cake as the lunatic murderer who eventually turns himself in.
  5. "Silence of the Lambs" – No best thriller list is complete without this movie being on there somewhere. Anthony Hopkins redefined what it is to be both seductive and incredibly creepy in this flick.
  6. "Vertigo" – Yet another Hitchcock movie, and we should not that there is an argument to be made that all of them could make this list. This one centers around an acrophobic detective chasing down an old friend's wife.
  7. "The Birds" – The only Hitchcock movie that didn't include a human villain. Instead, large flocks of birds just suddenly go crazy and start attacking people.  Then as suddenly as they started, they simply stop and return to normal.
  8. "A Clockwork Orange" – Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece about a dystopian future. The fact that at some point you can feel sorry for a villain so vile is really quote impressive work.
  9. "The Departed" – The cast of this movie is simply fantastic and you feel just a little dirty after leaving the theater. Feeling like you've been drawn into the movie's world is always a plus.
  10. "Memento" – This story of a man who has no short term memory is truly a great one. The thriller unfolds in new and unsuspected ways and you realize the film isn't remotely what you thought it was.
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